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Friday Hangout: A User Meeting Near You?


Every time we announce a user meeting somewhere, I see many people who wished there was one near them. It's a tricky thing I guess, not knowing how many others there are in your area.

So today I want to ask you: would YOU like meet other Blender users? Leave a message here and mention the nearest city (or leave a reply to someone else) - maybe you can find some like minded people and get your own meeting going. And remember: starting your own user meeting is as simple as agreeing on a date, time and a place!

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. I live just North of San Francisco. There are actually a few people at work who use Blender but other than them (and Colin Levy now that here works over at Emeryville) I don't know anyone else in the Bay area. But I doubt we are alone.

    • Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes! I'm in the Norwalk/Westport area. I've schlepped down to the city for a couple meetups, but it would be so nice to not have the 2+ hours of commuting...

      • MOST Definitely!!! I'm in central ct near hartford and can't find any groups or meeting that are within an hour of travel time/distance.

    • MOST Definitely!!! I'm in central ct near hartford and can't find any
      groups or meeting that are within an hour of travel time/distance.

    • Areandres - some comments later also askes for Frankfurt/Main(I don't life there - I just saw you both are searching for the same)

  2. I think i will meet a User tomorrow in Berlin B-)

    Well the User Base in Berlin is big, but somehow it is still hard to find a time and place. Offen it needs a personal taking the burden to organisiert...

  3. I am so sorry I every subscribed to this link.  I have no reason to contact all groups in the world as I thought I was contacting people local to me.  I am so sorry and will block all the stuff now hitting my email.

    It's a sad day when what you think is good and all for what you hope to be an then you discover that you are bullied by countless other contacts.

    I will certainly be more selective and more cautious before I link to a news feed in the future, blender or what ever.


  4. Por supuesto Jonathan ,

    Aqui estamos desde Tiquicia.

    Felicidades por tu trabajo en BlendSwap. Esta nítido la página.

    Luego, sigues trabajando en La máquina, o esta en standb-by?

    Yo he intentado ayudar en el projecto Pop-Wuj,, pero no he podido ayudar mucho por mi horario.



  5. I live in Kansas City Missouri. Jonathan Williamson is from here (the Kansas side), but he moved to Chicago. It would be a cool to have a user group here, but i'm not sure there are many users here.

  6. Nicholas Rishel on

    Indianapolis, Indiana. I've talked with some individuals who have made a user group in the past and then got wrapped up in other assets of their lives. Currently I'm trying to gauge interest in something in the Downtown Indianapolis area.

  7. Raven Whitehawk on

    how 'bout Lake George, New York? very historical town. There is a convention center at Fort William Henry as well as a hotel. There are many other hotels in this town as well.

    • Hey Waylow - it is currently not possible to add yourself to the blender 3d world user map - due to map vandalism (it's still a google hosted map).

      All requests can go through the various forum links listed to the left of the map at this address

      I am looking for a programmer to develop the map to where it should be. thought i had found my guy but alas, he got away and never came back to me. (read open cry for paid help)

  8. Brt - this is really great. there are loads of people giving details here of where they are in the world, but there is no ability to communicate with most of them.

    And it is great as they will be new to the Blender World Map started back in Mar this year (, at present it allows for each individual blender user to contact an other individual blender user through their individual forum groups - currently French, English, Russian, Portuguese/Brazil, Spanish  

    Communication for a user group is essential. And whilst the current map isn't perfect it does allow for that.

    As I said above to Waylow, i need help to get this map to where it needs to be. Database, programming, UI design, help. I'd like to see it as a page every blender users toolbar toolbox.

    Anybody who wanst to talk further, contact m via email ;   
    toweyed at (i live in Sydney, Australia)

  9. Ricardo (Richard LG) on

    Hi everybody!. I'm in Murcia (south-east of Spain). It would be wonderful to meet someone here to share my passion for Blender world!
    Hola a todos; estoy en Murcia (España) y sería genial conocer a alguien por aquí con quien compartir mi pasión por el "mundo Blender" ;-D

  10. FelipeEsquivel on

    Interested to meet people in Mexico City, Mexico.

    Interesado de contactar usuarios de Blender en Ciudad de México.

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